Don't let financial constraints hinder you from studying at Fulbright

“If you grow up in a family with sufficient financial resources, you already have a good foundation. You can afford extra classes, invest in English skills from a young age, and use technological advantages to make learning more convenient. There is no doubt that these students may be more competitive for scholarships based on academic achievement than students living in remote areas who don’t have the same privileges. Through a combination of need-based financial aid and merit-based scholarships Fulbright wants to provide everyone equal access to education. We wish to avoid increasing the gap between opportunities given to students of different economic backgrounds. We do not want to exacerbate those differences”, shared Ms. Le Thi Quynh Tram, Fulbright’s Director of Admissions and Financial Aid.

Pursuing equality in educational opportunities, Fulbright is the first university in Vietnam to offer need-based financial aid to students who meet the admissions standards. An admitted student is awarded Financial Aid solely based on a family’s financial circumstances. This need-based financial aid package covers partial or entire tuition, housing fees and, in certain situations, living expenses without requiring any repayment.

We believe that education must be accessible to students of all socio-economic backgrounds. The journey to ensure equality in education is still a long road ahead, but it should not deter us from taking the first step.

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Our Financial Aid philosophy

We strive to create equal education opportunities as well as bring together a diverse student body through our need-based financial aid program.

At the same time, we also believe that families are primarily responsible for the costs of their children’s education by carefully considering and accessing all available financial resources to calculate their contribution to the student’s education when preparing the application for financial aid.

Fulbright’s Financial Aid Principle

Fulbright’s need-based financial aid packages are solely awarded based on a family’s financial circumstances once a student has met our rigorous admissions standards. Fulbright also operates our need-based Financial Aid program within our available funds.

This means that every VND of financial aid offered to an applicant is one VND of financial aid not offered to another applicants. If at any time — including even after the applicant has enrolled at Fulbright — we find that an applicant has misrepresented their family’s financial circumstances, we will rescind the applicant financial aid packages and admission to Fulbright. Fulbright may, on occasion, follow up with families which applied for financial aid or check in with students to support reapplication for need-based financial aid. The full financial aid application can be found on our online application portal here. Our need-based financial aid program can only be successful if applicants are honest and transparent about their financial circumstances. Finally, we expect all students who receive financial aid to participate enthusiastically in campus life at Fulbright, including maintaining a baseline level of academic performance and upholding Fulbright’s Code of Conduct. In addition, once students have enrolled at Fulbright, we will encourage them to publicly share their Fulbright experience, including the impact that Fulbright’s financial aid program has had in helping them pursue an education at Fulbright University Vietnam.

To best understand a family’s financial circumstances, Fulbright will carefully review and verify your financial aid application and may request an interview with the family if we need further information.

All information and documents a family submits to Fulbright is kept confidential and is shared only between the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the family and is not shared with any third-party.

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Eligibility to apply for Financial Aid

Fulbright’s financial aid is solely for Vietnamese nationals who have proof of citizenship and apply to Fulbright’s undergraduate programs. Applicants applying to short-term programs that do not confer a Bachelor’s degree are ineligible for financial aid.

Around two-thirds of Fulbright students receive Financial Aid and/or Scholarship that cover a part or entirety of attendance cost at Fulbright.

Our Financial Aid review process

Fulbright’s financial aid application process consists of two rounds: application round and interview round.

In case applicants and their families need need-based Financial Aid to pursue education at Fulbright, they are required submit the Financial Aid application.

Our financial aid officer starts analyzing financial aid applications after applications close. We may contact applicants’ families to collect additional information about income, expenses, savings and investments. Meanwhile, our admissions staff begins reading admissions applications. In accordance with our holistic admissions, there is no single criteria that precludes a student from being considered. This means that a student’s financial circumstances are not taken into consideration during the application reading stage and do not affect the student’s ability to attend the interview round. Applications are considered purely on the content and quality of what is submitted.

We begin looking at a student’s financial aid application after being notified of the results of the application round. We may get in touch with applicants’ families to learn more about their income, expenses, asset, savings, investments and etc. of the family.

Currently, Fulbright is offering 6 levels of financial aid as follows: 30%, 50%, 70%, 80%, 90% and 100%. After analyzing and evaluating the application, we will allocate Financial Aid packages corresponding to each family’s circumstances.

In addition to students who are admitted and awarded Financial Aid, we have an admissions waitlist. When a student who is admitted declines our offer, the aid they received (if any) will return to our available funds, and we will be able to redistribute aid to students on our waitlist.

Questions about issues related to the financial aid program can be found in the Frequent Asked Questions page.

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